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The Delta Report: Brexit update

by White & Case LLP on

In the July 2017 edition of the Delta Report, we provided a snapshot update on Brexit and set out some of the key issues that were beginning to emerge as relating to the regulatory framework for the derivatives market once...more

Summary of ISS 2018 Americas Proxy Voting Guidelines Specific to US Public Companies

by Morgan Lewis on

The updated ISS guidelines are effective for meetings on or after February 1, 2018. On November 16, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) published its 2018 Americas Proxy Voting Guidelines Updates. The following...more

SEC Provides Greater Deference to Public Company Boards

On Nov. 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I(CF), which articulates important interpretive guidance relating to shareholder proposals submitted to public companies for...more

U.S. Tax Reform: The Current State of Play

Yesterday the House of Representatives voted on and passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. If passed by the Senate, the Act would significantly change the current federal income tax regime in the United States. ...more

Startups Have Much To Be Thankful For – Senate Amendments to New Tax Bill Remove Deferred Compensation and Stock Options from...

As discussed in our November 14, 2017 blog post, Thanksgiving Tax Frenzy – New Tax Bill Proposes Executive Compensation Changes That Could Derail Deferred Compensation and Stock Options, the evolution of the Tax Cuts and Jobs...more

Thanksgiving Tax Frenzy – New Tax Bill Proposes Executive Compensation Changes That Could Derail Deferred Compensation and Stock...

Congress has been in a frenzy to try and get new tax legislation passed by Thanksgiving, and members of the House and Senate would presumably rather be enjoying a feast rather than drafting and analyzing additional tax...more

Executive Compensation Legislative Whiplash

As we reported last week, the tax reform bill released by House Republicans (the "House Bill") would eliminate deferred compensation and stock options, and then on Tuesday, November 7, the House Bill was amended to restore...more

House Committee to Consider Repeal of Conflict Minerals and Mine Safety Disclosures

The House Financial Services Committee has announced it intends to meet to consider mark-ups of bills to repeal the conflicts minerals disclosures (H.R. 4248) and mine safety disclosures (H.R. 4289) on November 14, 2017....more

Proposed Senate Bill Revives Concern of Adverse Impact on Equity and Performance-Based Compensation

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The Joint Committee on Taxation released a description of the Senate Chairman’s Mark to the proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on November 9, 2017, reintroducing adverse equity and performance-based compensation tax provisions...more

The Impact on Financing Transactions if the House’s “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” Passes

On November 2, 2017, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) introduced a tax bill entitled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“H.R. 1”), and later proposed amendments to the bill on November 3, November 6, and...more

Sudan Now Open For Business, But Risks Remain

On October 12, 2017, the United States made permanent its lifting of a longtime general embargo on trade and investment with Sudan. As a result, U.S. individuals and companies are now generally free to engage in transactions...more

House Tax Reform Bill Released: Would Cause Major Changes to US Tax System

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. House of Representatives GOP conference released its long-awaited tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “House Bill”), on Thursday, November 2, 2017. ...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Legislature Sustains Governor's Veto of Marijuana Implementation Legislation - On Monday, November 6, the Legislature met for the second day of the Special Session to take up the Governor’s veto of the marijuana...more

U.S. House of Representatives Acts to Create New Category of Exempt Transaction Under the Securities Act of 1933

On November 9, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Micro Offering Safe Harbor Act. The vote was largely along party lines, with Rep. Walter Jones from North Carolina’s third district casting the lone...more

The Impact on Taxation of PassThroughs if House Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Passes

On November 2, 2017, the House of Representatives (the "House") introduced the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ("H.R.1"). This bill, if passed, would make fundamental changes in the taxation of businesses operated in pass-through form....more

Effects of House Tax Reform Bill on Securitizations and Funds

On November 2, 2017, Republicans in the House of Representatives released their long-anticipated tax reform bill (the “Bill”). The Bill, which is entitled the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” includes significant changes to the...more

Bill to Make Private Offerings Easier Has Momentum

by Barley Snyder on

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill directed at making private offerings easier. The bill – the Fair Investment Opportunities for Professional Experts Act – now moves to the U.S. Senate Committee on...more

Executive Compensation Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Chairman’s Amendment Impacts Carried Interests, Private Company Stock...

The November 6, 2017, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady’s Amendment to the Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute to H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (originally proposed November 2, 2017) (the “Chairman’s...more

UPDATE: Three Significant Takeaways from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

by Polsinelli on

This update to our Tax Alert on Nov. 2nd describes additional key provisions in the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (H.R. 1), released by the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee on Nov. 2nd, as well as the Chairman’s...more

Corporate Finance Alert: House Passes Bipartisan Legislation Intended to Ease Capital Formation

On November 1, 2017, the House of Representatives passed two bills intended to ease regulatory burdens on capital formation. The bills would amend the Securities Act of 1933 (Securities Act) to extend the “testing the waters”...more

Federal Tax Reform: House Bill Rewrites Municipal Bond Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act released last week would eliminate the federal tax exemption for interest earned on all private activity bonds—including 501(c)(3) bonds and exempt facility bonds—and advance refunding bonds...more

Summary of State and Local Government Bond Provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

On November 2, 2017, the Republican leadership of the United States House of Representatives introduced the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Bill”). The Bill would make significant changes to tax rules that apply to tax-exempt...more

House Tax Bill Eliminates Private Activity Bonds, Advance Refundings

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The House Ways and Means Committee released on November 2, 2017, its draft tax bill (the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”), which contains provisions restricting the ability of state and local governments to issue certain types of...more

Tax Bill Impacts - Immediate, Critical Impacts on State and Local Governments

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The U.S. House of Representatives Republican tax bill released yesterday would impact state and local government issuers of tax-exempt bonds in a few significant ways. ...more

European Parliament Votes to Adopt the Securitisation and CRR Amendment Regulations

On 26 October 2017, the European Parliament voted in plenary session to adopt the EU regulation intended to lay down common rules on securitisation and to create a European framework for “simple, transparent and standardised”...more

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